Welcome WP Class of 2016

The clouds cleared for our BBQ welcoming the Oregon cadet candidates for West Point’s Class of 2016. Here they are cheering on Army along with a few current cadets visiting home between MIAD, CFT, AIAD, and other summer training.

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New Cadet Candidate BBQ – June 23, 2012

The West Point Parents Club for Oregon and SW Washington will welcome the Class of 2016 new cadet candidates and their families to a BBQ:

June 23, 2012
11:00am
JB Lawn
4359 64th Place Northeast, Salem, OR
Salem, OR 97305

Link to Map

This event is open to all USMA and USMAPS Class of 2016 new cadet candidates from Oregon and SW Washington, as well as their families.

For more information, please contact: mikemihalik@gmail.com

 

 

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Next Meeting – April 14, 2012

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 21st at noon. We will meet at the Village Properties (30050 SW Town Center Loop, West, Wilsonville, OR 97070) in their meeting room.

Link to map

Agenda for next meeting:

  1. Hail and Farewell to Class of 2012
  2. Highlights from Plebe Parent Weekend and Graduation Preparation

Meeting minutes from January meeting: LINK

2012 Meeting Schedule

  • June 23
    Welcome BBQ for the Class of 2016
  • August 25 (Subject to change due to Ring Weekend)
    Summer Meeting, Boodle for our Cadets
  • October 20
    Business Meeting, Election of Officers
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Website Updated

Website has been updated with new membership application, 2012 officers, amended bylaws, and posting of minutes from the October 15, 2011 meeting.

Next meeting will be April 14, 2012

Mike

 

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Next Meeting – Jan 21, 2012

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 21st at noon. We will meet at the Village Properties (30050 SW Town Center Loop, West, Wilsonville, OR 97070) in their meeting room.

Link to map

Agenda for next meeting:

  1. Installation of New Officers
  2. Fund-raising brainstorming
  3. Boodle for our cadets and deployed soldiers

 Here are our new officers for the coming year:

  • Mike and Deb Mihalik – President
  • Bill and Nancy Sampson – VP
  • Mark and Kimberly Landsem – Treasurer
  • Mike and Susan Barnes – Secretary
  • Jimmy and Karen Khoo – historian
  • Gary Smith and Phyllis McCanna – fund raising

Calendar for 2012:

  • January 21
    Business Meeting,installation of new officers, Boodle for our Cadets and Soldiers
  • April 14
    Hail & Fairwell to our Class of 2012 who will graduate on May 26, 2012
  • June 23
    Welcome BBQ for the Class of 2016
  • August 25 (Subject to change due to Ring Weekend)
    Summer Meeting, Boodle for our Cadets
  • October 20
    Business Meeting, Election of Officers

Fund Raising

Our club funding is in fine shape as the Treasurer’s report indicates, but there is a continued need to replenish these funds each year to fund our efforts: parting gifts to graduates and past officers, birthday gifts for our cadets, food and drinks for our meetings, and the sending of special boodle to our cadets and soldiers if the need might develop. In past years, this also included seed money for the semi-annual All Service Academy Ball. It will be several years, though, before this responsibility rotates back to our club.

There are many ways to raise funds for the club, ranging from our past tulip sales, to the club store, to soliciting donations from members and interested parties, to name a few. Our next meeting will be an opportunity to review past efforts, and to solicit ideas for the coming year.

See you all at the next meeting!

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Dec 21, 2011 – WPS of Oregon Host Oregon Cadets

The West Point Society of Oregon hosted several of our cadets at their December meeting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Portland. Many parents, cadets, as well as a few prospects were welcomed by President Capt. Kevin Byrne, Ret. West Point Class of 1993, and the other members.

Stories were shared. Definitely a good time was had by all!

For a few pictures, please visit: http://goo.gl/ZYqQz

The WPS also has a few other web-sites and venues that you are encouraged to visit:

http://or1.westpointaog.com
Join us online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WPSOR
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/groups/West-Point-Society-Oregon-3855184
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Academy Commemoratives

Last spring at the Parent Leaders meeting held at West Point, one of the cadet parents announced a new service to West Point parent groups and cadet parents: a source for laser engraved gifts and memorabilia officially licensed by West Point.  A portion of every sale goes back to support the Academy. Their online retail website is now operating:

AcademyCommemoratives.com features a selection of unique items laser engraved with your favorite West Point logo. We offer West Point picture frames, paperweights, luggage tags, wall plaques, Class logo items, varsity & club sports key chains. Most of our gifts can be personally engraved and all are delivered directly to your home. We are one of the only places where you can get club sport memorabilia. You can also find our link on West-Point.Org under boodle vendors.”

Parents Club Special

In order to introduce our web site to your members, we’re running a special offer for West Point Parents Club members only! We will engrave your name and address on your choice of our anodized luggage tags for free.

These black anodized luggage tags are permanently engraved with the West Point word art and are provided with choice of a leather strap, plastic lanyard or split-ring set to attach your tags to your luggage or backpack.

Your free personal engraving is good for up to five lines of information, typically name address and telephone, which is laser engraved using the Arial font on the rear of the tag. You decide what information you want to include by typing in at check-out. Follow this link to take advantage of this special pricing.

For general information about the products available for purchase, please visit: www.academycommemoratives.com

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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 15th at noon. We will meet at the Village Properties (30050 SW Town Center Loop, West, Wilsonville, OR 97070) in their meeting room.

Link to map

Agenda for next meeting:

  1. Review and approve changes to By-Laws
  2. Elect Officers for 2012
  3. Review and discuss volunteer opportunities
  4. Review calendar for 2012
  5. Review fund-raising ideas

Proposed Changes to By-Laws:

This year, we have received inquiries from potential club members who have sons or daughters who are attending a prep school before entering the USMA. We discussed this at our board meeting in August, and have recommended a change to our by-laws to grant membership to not only parents of prep school appointees, but also related family members of cadets and graduates:

Article III

Section 3 Associate membership will be extended to any family member of an active cadet or any parent or guardian of a cadet candidate enrolled at an approved USMA Prep Academy.

Article IV Dues
Section 4: Associate membership dues will be set by the board.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2012

At our last meeting, we solicited candidates and volunteers for club officers and other club positions. The following people have stepped up for the coming year:

  • Bill and Nancy Sampson – VP
  • Mark and Kimberly Landsen – Treasurer
  • Mike and Susan Barnes – Secretary
  • Mike and Deb Mihalik – President
  • Jimmy and Karen Khoo – historian
  • Gary Smith and Phyllis McCanna
  • Cheryl Hockaday –  fund raising

Proposed Calendar for 2012:

Following our past year’s schedule the following calendar is proposed:

  • January 21
    Business Meeting,installation of new officers, Boodle for our Cadets and Soldiers
  • April 14
    Hail & Fairwell to our Class of 2012 who will graduate on May xx, 2012
  • June 23
    Welcome BBQ for the Class of 2016
  • August 25
    Summer Meeting, Boodle for our Cadets
  • October 20
    Business Meeting, Election of Officers

Note: Tentative until approved.

Fund Raising

Our club funding is in fine shape as the Treasurer’s report indicates, but there is a continued need to replenish these funds each year to fund our efforts: parting gifts to graduates and past officers, birthday gifts for our cadets, food and drinks for our meetings, and the sending of special boodle to our cadets and soldiers if the need might develop. In past years, this also included seed money for the semi-annual All Service Academy Ball. It will be several years, though, before this responsibility rotates back to our club.

There are many ways to raise funds for the club, ranging from our past tulip sales, to the club store, to soliciting donations from members and interested parties, to name a few. Our next meeting will be an opportunity to review past efforts, and to solicit ideas for the coming year.

See you all at the next meeting!

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The New Academic Year is Well Underway

Our cadets returned to West Point for Re-Orgy Week in early August. The Class of 2015 have joined the Long Gray Line on A-Day, and the entire Corps of Cadets is well entrenched in military, academic, and sporting endeavors.

 There are many photos, stories, and videos highlighting these first few weeks of the academic year. I encourage you to visit the flickr.com or facebook.com pages for a look at the latest.

Also, follow this link for pictures from our “Welcome New Cadets BBQ” we held in June.

Our Oregon and Southwest Washington Parent Club met at the end of August for a meeting to kick off the new year, and to pack up some boodle for our cadets. Follow this link for a few more pictures.

At this meeting, we also discussed the upcoming year for our club, recruiting a slate of officers for the next year, and to discuss some changes to our by-laws. See the separate post with minutes from this meeting, and the proposed changes.

We will vote on this slate ad the proposed changes at our next meeting on October 15, 2011 in Wilsonville at Village Properties.

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Class of 2015 New Cadet Candidates

Congratulations on your acceptance to West Point and the Class of 2015. Please be our guest (along with your family) at our annual welcome BarBeQue. Meet the other cadets and familes from Oregon and SW WA. Learn about our Parent Club, Plebe Year, Traveling to R-Day and A-Day, Beast and Boodle.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our West Point Family. GO ARMY! Kathy Stahmer, Co-President

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